Pop Star Rider Sheets

These are always fun to read. If you're not familiar with what a rider sheet is it's the backstage/green room demands made by bands and performers that must be met by the venues. Stuff like deli platters, and booze are pretty common place when it comes to backstage fare but over the years demands by some of the biggest names in music have taken things to the next level. At this point everyone has heard of the famous "Brown M&M's" story from Van Halen in the '80s. It was revealed years later that the band never really gave a shit about what color candy they had backstage but it was more to make sure that the venue actually read their demands and followed at the details. Below are a few of the best from this recent Business Insider article....

Iggy Pop
A copy of USA Today that's got a story about morbidly obese people in it
6 bottles of Grolsch or decent local beer
F------ loads of good red wines
6 large bottles of good quality sparkling water
3 cases x 12 oz bottles of still mineral water
6 bottles of alcohol free beer
1 case of big bottles of good, premium beer
A bottle of vodka
Cauliflower/broccoli, cut into individual florets and thrown immediately into the garbage. I f------ hate that.


200-person entourage
2o international phone lines
Her backstage room must look exactly like her own home (that means she ships around her furniture)
Special flower-scented fabric
Actual flowers
Personal chef who prepares only vegan foods
Her own dry-cleaning service

Lady Gaga

2 Bottles of white wine with wine opener — Kendall Jackson or Robert Mondavi preferred
1 Pack of Straws
1 Cushioned office style chair
TV with cable and a DVD player
1 Rolling clothing rack 
4 Unscented candles
Cool-mist humidifier
3 fans
Tea kettle, organic ginger and lemongrass tea and honey are very important.
1 4 pack of Red Bull Light (on ice)
2 Bottles of Green Tea
1 Container of Guacamole
Hot dogs (Yves veggie dogs eaten with toothpicks)
A smoothie station (with frozen berries, fuze and whey protein or non-fat Greek yogurt) Blender needed
1 Plate of cheese (non-smelly, non-sweaty on ice) with whole wheat/healthy crackers
A mix of assorted fresh fruit (cut and must have edible skin OR edible seeds OR citrus)

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